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ETMC rehabilitation hospital is reaccredited

The ETMC rehabilitation hospital's inpatient rehabilitation program for adults has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years.

CARF is a voluntary accrediting agency that sets industry standards for excellence in rehabilitation programs. The ETMC rehabilitation hospital boasts the only CARF-accredited inpatient facility in the area.

"CARF accreditation is an indication of the dedication and commitment of the staff to improving the quality of lives of our patients," said Eddie Howard, vice president/COO.

The CARF accreditation process measures how well an institution meets best practice standards and involves rigorous peer review and an on-site survey.  In its report, the CARF survey team noted the hospital's strengths in a number of areas, including the support of corporate and hospital leadership, staff dedication, upkeep and maintenance of facilities, utilization of technology and the implementation of a program to manage crisis situations and falls.

The ETMC Rehabilitation Center, a four-story facility offering a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient health enhancement and rehabilitation services and programs, is celebrating its 18th anniversary.  The ETMC rehabilitation hospital is housed on the third and fourth floors of the center, and includes 49 rehabilitation beds for neurological, orthopedic and general rehabilitation inpatients, a transitional living apartment, centralized workstations, therapy gyms and dining/day rooms.

ETMC's inpatient rehabilitation program began on 4 South in the main hospital in the mid-1980s. The program received its first three-year accreditation from CARF in 1989 and has received three-year accreditations continuously since that time.

The ETMC Rehabilitation Center and the ETMC Specialty Hospital are both accredited by The Joint Commission.